A Cold or the Flu? - Health and Wellness Center - Penn State Altoona

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A Cold or the Flu?

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How do you tell the difference?

Cold vs. Flu
Symptoms Influenza Cold
FeverUsually presentRare
AchesUsual, often severeSlight
ChillsFairly commonUncommon
TirednessModerate to severeMild
Symptom onsetAppear within 3 to 6 hoursSymptoms appear gradually
CoughingDry, unproductive coughHacking, productive cough
SneezingUncommonCommon
Stuffy noseUncommonCommon
Sore throatUncommonCommon
Chest discomfortOften severeMild to moderate
HeadacheCommonUncommon